James Morgan Leach

May 22, 1944May 3, 2021

James Morgan Leach, age 76, went to be with his Lord on Monday, May 3, 2021. Jim loved his country and proudly served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam with the 3rd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery Unit. Jim graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1969 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. Upon returning home from Vietnam, He spent 30+ years working in sales at Hobart Corporation before retiring and starting his own business as an independent service contractor for Hobart Service. In 2006, Jim launched another business, Leach Food Equipment Distributors, where he was the Midwest Distributor for many different food equipment manufacturers. In 2014, he retired from both businesses and concentrated his time on his passions of gardening, canning, cooking, and baking.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Norris and Eunice Leach and his sister, Judith Snyder. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 47 years, Lona; children James Jr. (Michelle) and Sarah Joanis (Kevin); grandchildren Natalie, Ava, Nora, and Corbin; brother, Willis Leach (Sherrie); nieces Susan Woods (Terry), Sandra Houdesheldt (Dean), Michelle Nunez (Ramon), Christine Bilyeu (Bryan); nephew, Scott Snyder (Jennifer); and many friends. A Celebration of Jim’s Life will take place 11 a.m. June 12, 2021 at Gaines Church, 1612 92nd St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316. There will be a celebration following the service at the Leach home. In honor of Jim and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan Foundation ( or The Wounded Warrior Project ( Interment will be at Litchfield Burial Park in Litchfield, OH. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


12 June

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Gaines Church

1612 92nd St. SE
Caledonia, MI 49316


James Morgan Leach

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May 10, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to the entire Leach family. I will always remember Jim as a pragmatic, enthusiastic leader both during both his corporate and service contractor days. I enjoyed soaking up his wisdom during my younger days. He will be missed by all he touched.

Tim Mencarelli

May 8, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Lona and the Leach family. Mr. Leach was a great boss and in many ways a mentor. It was an honor and privilege to work for Mr. Leach. I will fondly remember Jim for his great sense of humor and all his hilarious stories.

Greg Kalush

May 7, 2021

My favorite is story is when Jim stopped in to buy his first truck from me. It was one of the first trucks of that model year. I was really excited to show him all the features. About one minute in he stopped me mid sentence and pulled a pen and note pad. He told me “I don’t care how it works just tell what this has that Jimmy’s doesn’t. “
He was a great guy and that memory always makes me smile. He always had a great story to tell and always time to listen.

Akacia Davis

May 7, 2021

Jim was one of those guys that led by example, strived to do better and took feedback as an opportunity. He was always supportive of "the big picture" and worked tirelessly to represent his team and the Hobart brand well in all they did. It was a pleasure to know him and work with him over the years. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Jeamie Strachan

May 6, 2021

Always willing to help and always said it as it needed to be said.
I will miss you my Friend
God Bless

John Glosson

May 6, 2021

As an agent for Hobart in the mid 80's, I was at a Corp. meeting. Jim was unable to attend this meeting but everywhere we went, his team carried a life size picture of him at all events. He was so well respected and loved by his team that I was well impressed and thought this is the kind of person I want leading me. That opportunity came later when I purchased an office in his territory and later when he became my equipment distributor. I was able to find out for myself what a wonderful leader and good man he was. I was not disappointed.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

Del Lawson

May 5, 2021

I have many fond memories of Jim. I also spent my entire career with Hobart. Almost all of those years had Jim as my immediate supervisor. He was my mentor through many successes and trials for nearly 40 years. For those in the know, who can forget that banner flight over Key West during the Toppers convention ! My sincere condolences to Lona, Jimmy, and Sarah at the loss of such a very good man. He will be missed.

Dan strachan

May 5, 2021

To Jim's family..
I am Dan Strachan and Jim was the one responsible for my becoming the agent in Sioux City Ia for Hobart. Jim and I had a great relationship while I was the Agent. Now my boys are the Agent.
God bless you Jim. Dan

tim meyer

May 5, 2021

I first met Jim when he came to Hawaii to audit our branch. That was many moons ago. He was my HERO, when we went to meeting Jim was not afraid to tell it how it was! He spoke for all of us! I loved his style! Last saw Jim at one of Hobarts meetings in Troy. That was a bit ago but he still had the fire in him. He made the meeting a lot more fun, and of course we always hit the bar to comiserate our success or failures! He will be dearly missed! Much Aloha JIM Tim

Terry Strong

May 5, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Jim during in my earlier years with Hobart Service and always found him to be one of the most knowledgeable and kind people you could know.

He was a great business partner over the years, one who was always willing to help and mentor others and for that I am eternally grateful. Jim touched so many lives within the Hobart family and I know within his own community.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this most difficult time.

Terry Strong
Hobart Service